Drive-In Worship Service & In-Person Worship Service

Members and friends of Prospect Street United Methodist Church,

We have opened up our sanctuary for In-Person Service every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We will continue to offer our Drive-In Services also every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

One final note about the drive-in services: To help those helping with parking and to make things go as smoothly as possible, we are asking that you please enter the parking lot from Prospect Street, and at the conclusion of the service we will have everyone exit from Church Street.

Thank you everyone.
May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you,
Pastor Ty

Afterthoughts 4/14/2021

Like the Wind

John 3:8
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

In this conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus points out something to us about wind.  We cannot see the actual wind, and we do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  Yet we know wind exists, because we can see the effect the wind has on its surroundings.

Jesus says, “So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  This raises the question: What effect do I have on my surroundings?  More particularly, what effect do I have on the people around me?  As Paul writes to the Philippians, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

If I am honest, I am usually more concerned with my own interests than the interests of others.  I am usually more concerned with if I am “better” than others, with what people are thinking about me and the impression I am making on them, rather than how I am making them feel.  Do they notice that I am good at this or that?  Do they think I am intelligent or accomplished or funny?

These words from Christ, however, invite me to consider how I can be like the wind, how I can affect the people I encounter, by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Do they feel important?  Loved?  Cared for?  Listened to? 

This will take some work – it does not come naturally to me.  I need, as Jesus says earlier to Nicodemus, to be “born from above.” 

Merciful God,
help me to be more concerned with how I make others feel
than what they think about me, the impression I make, my reputation.
I know that to think, speak, and act this way I need the grace of Your Holy Spirit,
and I need to be converted – born anew.
I surrender to Your transforming grace in Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Pastor Ty

Bulletin for Sunday, April 11

Click the link to see our bulletin for Sunday, April 11, Drive-In Worship Service and In-Person Worship Service.

Drive-In Service & In-Person Bulletin April 11 Web